Ireland prominently positioned in Brazilian Science without Borders programme:

More than 1100 students have arrived to 22 Higher Education Institutions in Ireland under the Science without Borders undergraduate sandwich scheme. This is a very impressive number for a country of Ireland’s size. In 2013 Ireland placed two cohorts of students from Brazil, the first cohort were placed in May 2013 while the second cohort were placed in July 2013. The second cohort of students originally applied to Portugal to study but the Portuguese institutions could not accommodate the numbers and thus the students applied to Ireland.

Many of Ireland’s third level institutions are now preparing for the next intake of students. Students who have been approved by the Brazilian government to come and study in Ireland will be placed in the first quarter of 2014.

Engineering is an extremely popular field of interest amongst Brazilian students. The graphs below set out the subject areas Brazilian students chose under the 2 calls.
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Most students participating in the programme are in either third of fourth year of their course in Brazil. Students from the first cohort came from 150 different institutions in Brazil. The top sending institution was Universidade Federal De Minas Gerais followed by the Universidade De Brasilia. For the second call the Universidade Federal Da Bahia and the Universidade Federal de Vicosa were the top 2 sending institutions respectively.

Interestingly universities such as Universidade Federal da Bahia, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and Universidade Federal de Vicosa featured prominently in both cohorts as major sending institutions.

Students who are considering studying in Ireland have a wide range of options open to them. There are 7 Universities, 14 Institutes of Technology and some private and independent colleges. is the website where approved Brazilian students can browse available programmes, English language requirements and frequently asked questions on the application process for this programme. For general information on studying in Ireland provides comprehensive information for students. There is a fantastic student ambassador blog where students share their experiences of studying in Ireland. hosts a full list of student Ambassadors from all over the world sharing their studying in Ireland experiences.

Ireland’s seven universities have a range of programmes that include internships and summer schools in addition to the depth and breadth of Science and Engineering modules the students can undertake. There are many reasons a Brazilian student should choose an Irish University to study at and these include:

  • All 7 universities are ranked in the top 3% of worldwide universities.
  • Professors and lecturers are at the cutting edge of their disciplines.
  • The universities are research intensive – an ideal space to develop students creativity and employability
  • Irish Universities achieved a 91% overall student satisfaction rate in the International Student Barometer well ahead of the global average
  • There is a high competition for places in Irish Universities
  • Ireland is ranked 1st in Europe for graduate per 1000 of population
  • Irish Universities have internationalised campuses and curriculum with over 18,400 international students in the 7 universities.
  • Links to national and multinational companies such as GOOGLE, HP, FACEBOOK, Linked IN

The 7 Irish Universities are Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, National University of Ireland Maynooth, National University of Ireland Galway, University of Limerick and University College Dublin.

Ireland’s 7 universities offer students a distinctive experience…..

Dublin City University

  • Ranked in the top 3% of worldwide universities by the QS World University Rankings 2013
  • Ranked in the World’s Top 50 Universities under 50yrs old by the QS World University Rankings 2013
  • In the last nine years DCU has twice been named Sunday Times “University of the Year”

National University of Ireland Galway

  • In 2012, the University rose to third position in Ireland in the Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings – to become the top ranked institution outside of the capital city, Dublin and is in the top 2% of worldwide universities.
  • In 2012, NUI Galway was awarded the top Five Star Rating in the QS Stars ranking system.
  • NUI Galway is Ireland’s top university for graduate employability, student retention and commercialisation of research.

National University of Ireland Maynooth

  • Ranked in the top 3% of world universities by the QS World University Rankings 2012
  • Ranked in the World’s Top 100 Universities under 50yrs old by the Times Higher Education Rankings 2012
  • Listed in the 2013 Princeton Review of Top 378 Best Colleges – In 2012 NUI Maynooth became the first university outside of North America to be listed in the guide.

Trinity College Dublin

  • Ranked 67 in the top 100 world universities by the QS World University Rankings 2012
  • Ranked 42 in the top 100 European Universities by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011
  • Listed in the 2013 Princeton Review of Top 378 Best Colleges

University College Cork

  • UCC is ranked in the top 2% of world universities Rankings
  • UCC has been voted Sunday Times University of the Year three times in the last decade
  • UCC was the first university in the world to be awarded the international green flag for environmental friendliness

University College Dublin

  • Ranked in the top 1% of world universities by the QS World University Rankings 2013
  • Irelands Global University: UCD is the most popular university for international students with over 5,000 students from 127 countries
  • UCD is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities and Ireland’s leader in research funding with a reputation as a world-class destination for leading researchers

University of Limerick

  • Ranked in the top 3% of world universities by the QS World University Rankings 2012
  • 5 Star rating for “Employability” of graduates and for “Teaching, “Infrastructure”, “Internationalization”, “Innovation”, and “Engagement” in the 2012 QS Stars report
  • The University runs one of the largest cooperative education (internship) programmes in the European Union.

For more information please visit the umbrella organisation for Ireland’s 7 Universities.